i talked to him about the wrinkles and curse of that district i do not know how many times. but he was doing his job. i asked him to go to japan, just as i half the vice president to go to japan, for a very simple reason. they became one of our greatest allies and one of the greatest forces for democracy, security, freedom, and growth in the world. they had a tough time in the 1990's. i always believed the rest of the world was underestimating the japanese people, their brilliance, creativity, technology, resilience, and i wanted them to know america still cared. when tom foley was there, they knew america cared.